2 dead after crash outside North Hollywood liquor store

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Two people were killed in a collision outside a North Hollywood liquor store Saturday, officials said.

Around 6:30 p.m., a vehicle crashed into two other parked vehicles in the area of 11000 W. Oxnard St. near a liquor store, according to Battalion Chief Joe Lopez of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A gray Saturn sedan was southbound on Vineland Avenue when the crash occurred, LAPD Capt. Brian Wendling said.

“It lost control. It ran off the road,” Wendling said. “There was a pedestrian, possibly a patron, that was inside [the liquor store].”

Police say that pedestrian was killed, as was a passenger inside the sedan.

Authorities have not identified either of those killed in the crash. But family members identified the deceased passenger as 17-year-old Briana Wolfe. Her cousin, Tiffany Lopez, has set up a GoFundMe account to help Wolfe’s family cover the funeral expenses.

The driver was critically injured. 

“We can tell by the scene that he was going fast but it doesn’t appear to be anything related to street racing,” Wendling said.

One person was found outside the vehicle and was believed to have been ejected, according to LAFD. It was not clear if that was one of the people who were pronounced dead.

Lopez had earlier said that three people were trapped inside the sedan and required extrication. They were taken to the hospital in unknown conditions but all of them met “trauma criteria due to the mechanism of injury,” according to LAFD, though it was not clear if any of them were among those later pronounced dead.

Two other people inside a parked black SUV sustained only minor injuries and were not hospitalized, LAPD said.

Footage from the scene showed the completely crushed gray sedan just outside Vineland Wine Cellar.

The building near the crash did not suffer any structural damage and was deemed safe.

Jonathan Aguilar says he was inside a nearby laundromat when the crash shook the building. 

“As soon as I turned around, I just saw debris everywhere, just a dust cloud,” he said. “It flipped over as soon as we seen it, and everybody just came and ran out to the car.”

No further details were immediately available.

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